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Mary Tavy

Mary Tavy village on the western slopes of Dartmoor between Okehampton and Tavistock. 

Mary Tavy was once a thriving mining community in the 1800's, there is hardly any trace of Mary Tavy's mining industry of the 18th and 19th centuries except for the well preserved engine house which is adjacent to the A386 in the moorland valley as one approaches the village from a northerly direction.  This is the site of lead/silver mine of Wheal Betsy, or, as it was also once named, Prince Arthur Consuls.

Access to great walking.  The two most important features of this small community 4 miles North East of Tavistock are of course St. Mary's Church and the River Tavy. The church is truly magnificent. Give yourself an hour at least just to wander around the graveyard. The gravestones are wonderful, one amazing stone reads "Here Lieth the body of Mary Friend who departed this life 12th day of December 1787 Aged 78 years" !! I reckon this was a huge age for someone in those bygone days. Wouldn't I just love to show her this mention on the Internet today?

You will also be spoilt for choices on where to eat in Mary Tavy, the choices range from the Elephants Nest, The Mary Tavy Inn or the Royal Standard - all of which are in the parish of Mary Tavy

The Mary Tavy Inn A traditional roadside inn where families, visitors and locals are welcome. The popular bar area accommodates pool, darts, TV, a large fire and up to five real ales. This is complemented by a spacious restaurant and garden with views to Dartmoor. Music nights, charity events, a Sunday carvery and a bank holiday beer festival feature in the pubs calendar. The pub closes on Mondays and weekend afternoons in the winter. Pubs

Relax in our warm and cosy public bar with large wood burner.
 
We serve well kept Real Ales as well as keg beer and lagers, together with a good large selection of wines and spirits along with non-alcoholic beer and soft drinks.

Traditional and locally sourced ingredients are used in all our meals served in the Bar and Restaurant.
You can choose from our snack menu or from the a la carte menu. Dogs are welcome in the bar and beer garden.

The restaurant is bright & airy with a lounge area which has leather sofa & chairs set around a bar. Ideal for an...

The Elephants Nest A remote 16th century free house on the lower slopes of Dartmoor, the main bar has lots of beer pump clips on the beams, and the log burner provides a warm welcome. Two other rooms have an assortment of wooden dining chairs around a mix of tables, and throughout there are bare stone walls, flagstones, horsebrasses and three wood burning stoves. The pretty garden (with an area reserved for adults only) looks across dry-stone walls to pastures and rougher moorland above. Renowned for their food. Pubs

The Elephant’s Nest Inn is a quintessentially English – and Devonshire – country pub set in a peaceful location within the Dartmoor National Park. It is a place to meet, whether for a drink or to eat, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere. There are open log fires, thick stone walls and slate floors inside, and outside there is a large and recently extended garden which provides marvellous views of the moor.

Being located in as remote a place as it is, great emphasis is placed on good food, although the pretentious ‘gastro pub’ description will not be heard here!

We are...

Kent Barn, sleeps 4, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor, Devon Kent Barn

Kent Barn is a bright. comfortable, 'upside down' cottage neatly converted from a stable block tucked behind the owners' fine Grade II listed house. This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom property is a great place to come back to after a day exploring the wilds of Dartmoor or further afield.

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On the edge of Mary Tavy, on the side of a hill looking across a peaceful wooded valley to nearby Cholwell Brook, is Kent’s Barn, a bright, comfortable, 'upside down' cottage neatly converted from a stable block tucked behind the owners’ fine, Grade II listed house. Immediately outside, a suntrap cobbled courtyard (table/chairs) with views across the valley (perfect for evening drinks).

Inside, well decorated, light and fresh. Upstairs (stairgate), spacious, beams-to-apex, open-plan living/dining/kitchen with lots of light and lovely landscape photographs: an efficient and well-...

Little Torside, sleeps 2, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor, Devon Little Torside

On the southern edge of Mary Tavy, above a quiet lane beyond the village church, is Little Torside, a pretty semi-detached cottage, once part of a terrace of miners’ cottages (the other two are now the owners’ home). A rural haven for walkers or exploring this beautiful part of Dartmoor.

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On the southern edge of Mary Tavy, above a quiet lane beyond the village church, is Little Torside, a pretty semi-detached cottage, once part of a terrace of miners’ cottages (the other two are now the owners’ home). A drive leads to the front of the terrace and you have exclusive use of the front gardens (lawn, terrace, table/chairs) with views across the wooded valley.

Inside, stylish and well considered, with open-plan living/dining/kitchen (slimline dishwasher, microwave, fridge, electric oven/hob) with small woodburner and TV/DVD. Steep stairs (5'8" beam at bottom) up to a...

Number 58 Boutique Bed & Breakfast, Adult Only, Tavistock, Devon Number 5ifty 8ight

Number 5ifty 8ight is a new boutique bed & breakfast situated right in the heart of Tavistock, so is the ideal 'adult-getaway' as it is just 5 minutes walk to the local bars and restaurants in Tavistock. Jan and Mark offer a relaxing, indulgent and sumptuous stay, whether it be for a walking holiday, romantic break, a celebration etc. If you just want to get away from it all and chill out, this is the place for you. With that in mind they have chosen to offer facilities for “grown ups” only and they regret that they are unable to cater for “non adults” or pets.

Bed & Breakfast

Jan and Mark welcome you to Number 58 Tavistock.

Our aim is to make your stay with us relaxing and memorable, in a warm and friendly atmosphere.

Once you have settled in on arrival we would like to offer you a complimentary beverage to accompany a slice of homemade cake. Enjoy this in your suite or in the uniquely appointed guest breakfast/living room – or even the conservatory, where you can relax and enjoy watching the world go by.

If our freshly cooked, locally sourced breakfasts fail to satisfy the keenest of appetites (they won’t!) you can re-fuel in the afternoon...

The Bedford Hotel Good food is at the heart of the hospitality at The Bedford Hotel. Perfect Devon breakfasts, tasty lunches (from a bowl of home-made soup to a full three course meal), traditional afternoon teas, and a comprehensive evening menu. Their menus are based around the finest local produce of the season, from Devon's farmers, fishermen and producers. Restaurants

Welcome to delicious dining at The Bedford Hotel in the heart of Tavistock. With top-notch produce available on our Devon doorstep, we are proud to present local, seasonal produce (at very appetising prices). Pop in for a morning coffee and pastry, or a traditional afternoon tea. Take a break and enjoy a relaxing lunch, or linger over an indulgent dinner with friends. Whenever and whatever you choose, you will be very welcome!

Breakfast

Breakfast at The Bedford Hotel is a very civilised affair. Start with our delicious cold buffet selection, then treat...

White Tor Lodge, 2 bedroom, sleeps 4, Peter Tavy, Tavistock, Dartmoor, Devon White Tor Lodge

An immaculately-presented detached barn conversion on a rare breed farm, just a mile from the small village of Peter Tavy, and close to the market town of Tavistock. In a rural setting up on the moor and with magnificent views of Dartmoor, this cosy cottage is ideal for a peaceful getaway close to excellent walking routes.

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An immaculately-presented detached barn conversion on a rare breed farm, within the Dartmoor National Park, a mile from the small village of Peter Tavy, and close to the market town of Tavistock.

In a rural setting up on the moor and with magnificent views of Dartmoor, this cosy cottage is ideal for a peaceful getaway close to excellent walking routes.

Boasting an attractive interior with oak flooring, exposed beams, luxurious soft furnishings and a stone fireplace housing a woodburning stove, this Tavistock cottage retains much original character and charm.

The open...

Lodge 11, 2 bedroom, sleeps 4, Tavistock, Dartmoor, Devon Lodge 11

This luxurious lodge is one of a small group of lodges on a quiet grassy site on the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon. In a truly rural setting, Lodge 11 is a superb lodge with far-reaching views towards Dartmoor, makes an ideal peaceful base for exploring this picturesque part of Devon.

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This luxurious lodge is one of a small group of lodges on a quiet grassy site on the outskirts of Tavistock, Devon.

In a truly rural setting, this superb lodge with far-reaching views towards Dartmoor, makes an ideal peaceful base for exploring this picturesque part of Devon.

The lodge is extremely modern and feels fresh, immaculate and stylishly furnished throughout.

There are several steps up to the entrance where there is a useful hallway, which leads into the spacious open plan living area with patio doors opening out to the veranda.

The living room has very...

Land of White Ginger Amazing and unique, handmade headpieces for Bridal and Red Carpet occasions Accessories

The Land of White Ginger is all about style, individuality and creativity.  Susie's designs reflect her love of all things feminine.  From beautiful floral, with a hint of nostalgia to glittering diamante and crystals sprinkled with vintage appeal.  Her work draws on inspiration from a more glamorous age.

Every design can be worn as a stand-alone statement piece, or maybe you have a favourite vintage item of jewellery which you would like to incorporate into the finished design to create a shining, individual, totally unique look.#

Each piece is...

Lynch Tor North Moor Wilderness Walk
Cholwell Riding Stables Cholwell Riding Stables at Mary Tavy, situated between Okehampton and Tavistock and with direct access to rides across Dartmoor. Novice and experienced riders taken, qualified tuition, hard hats. Experienced escorts open all year. 1 hour ride £22, 90 minutes ride £31 and a 2 hour ride is £40. Active & Outdoors

Cholwell Riding Stables is a family-run business that has been providing escorted rides and riding lessons on Dartmoor for nearly forty years.

Situated on the A386 between Okehampton and Tavistock, next to the famous 'Wheal Betsy' Silver Lead mine, we are perfectly located to ride straight out onto Dartmoor with no need for any road work. This allows you to enjoy your whole ride on the moor and admire its breathtaking views (weather permitting!)

We cater for all types of rider from the complete novice to the most experienced rider and have a wide selection of quality, fit and...

The Coachhouse, sleeps 11, near Lydford, Dartmoor The Coachhouse

The Coachhouse is set on a lovely farmstead just 2 miles south-west of Lydford.  You are invited to go anywhere on the 250 acre working farm and help is always accepted, or alternatively you can enjoy lazing by the outdoor heated swimming pool! If the weather takes a turn for the worse, never fear the Coachhouse has it's own indoor 'endless' pool, sauna and games room. The property has 5 bedrooms (1 ensuite, double, twin, single and children's room with two sets of 3' bunk beds).  Tremendous freedom is offered and there are a number of activities for both children and adults.  Meals are also available in the owners house that is a B&B.

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The place:
Lydford: village (two good food pubs, farm shop, church) on Dartmoor’s western edge, famous for its gorge/waterfall (Nat. Trust, very beautiful walk deep in woods). Trout fishing in the Lyd; riding stables locally. Sea/beaches, about 25 miles, north or south coasts. Roadford Lake, 9 miles. Tavistock, 5. Brentor’s tor-top church, 3.

The property:
... 2 miles south-west of Lydford and 1 from its gorge, 400 yards of private farm-lane end at Burnville Farm, a lovely farmstead amid beech trees. It is on the side of a shallow stream-...

St Raphael, sleeps 2, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor St Raphael

If you love traditional Dartmoor, then you will love this bijou self contained annexe decorated in Shaker style. Sleeps just two. Good food pubs nearby. Completely private with very pretty garden and fresh produce which you are invited to gather. Off road parking. Bliss for artists, cyclists and walkers

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Located in the picturesque village of Mary Tavy, David and Pat Woodhouse look forward to welcoming you to St. Raphael; a simple and uncluttered shaker styled retreat nestling in the slopes of Western Dartmoor.

Set in half an acre of garden, the self contained annexe that adjoins the main house comprises a very well equipped kitchen/diner, shower room and comfortable lounge/bedroom. Finished to a high standard throughout, St. Raphael is an excellent base from which to explore the unrivalled walking that wild Dartmoor offers, the charming stannary town of Tavistock and any number of...

Kirkside Barn, sleeps 8, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor Kirkside Barn

This delightful detached split-level barn conversion that can sleep up to 8, + baby/small child, nestles next to the church in Mary Tavy.  The tranquil setting is only a few minutes walk from the River Tavy and the breathtaking rugged beauty of Dartmoor, and in the other direction, a good pub with delicious food.  There are lovely walks from the cottage, and from the car if you drive over the moors. The accommodation offers a double bedroom, a double/twin (zip-linked), and a twin room, plus double sofabed with everyday-use mattress, and a cot/small bed.  There are 2 bathrooms.  Sloping ceilings and dormer windows give a clue to its former use as a barn.  All bed linen and towels provided free.  Oil CH/HW included.  The sunken patio has furniture and BBQ, and there is a second patio with table and chairs, as well as a bike storage area.  Guests are very welcome to use the owners' garden.  We are very dog friendly, and pets are free-of-charge. Enjoy the peace, watching the birds feeding at the birdtable in the mornings, and gazing at the stars on a clear night, perhaps while enjoying a glass on wine on the sunken patio.  Away from the Barn, there is lots do in this lovely area of Devon, from theme parks to waterfalls, castles to cream teas, ponies to steam railways and boat trips, gardens to zip-wires or canoeing.  There is something for everyone!

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

Kirkside Barn is a breath of fresh air, offering lovely holiday cottage accommodation in the stunning Dartmoor National Park.

This comfortable and cosy self catering holiday home is furnished to a high standard and is oozing with charm and character – cleverly converted from two stone-built barns and a hayloft to provide a split level space that is bright and airy and sleeps up to eight, plus a baby or small child.

Kirkside Barn has one double bedroom, one double or twin bedroom with zip-linked beds for flexibility and one twin bedroom with a unique bed – a particular delight...

Homer Barn, sleeps 2, Mary Tavy, Dartmoor Homer Barn

Alison and Alan will welcome you to a delightful cosy cottage nestled next to a brook. Ideal for those that 'want to get away from it all" - BLISS!  Enjoy the idyllic surroundings, chickens and geese range free on the 16 acres and you may even get to bottle feed one of the lambs. Ideal location for walkers and after a long day walking enjoy the fare at the local pubs, or take advantage of the local produce and meat that the owners sell in their shop (organic meat, eggs, preserves and cakes). 

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The place:
Mary Tavy: village (shop, church, pub) on the western edge of Dartmoor’s high moor, 3 miles north of Tavistock. Two miles away is Brentor’s landmark church on a peak; 4 miles to Tavy Cleave, one of Dartmoor’s most spectacular places. Plymouth, 18 miles. South Devon and Cornwall coast villages/beaches, about 25 miles.

The property:  

… in the beautiful valley below the church in Mary Tavy and right next to a brook, a neat, comfortable cottage converted from a barn. Cobbled sitting-out area (table/chairs) next to the stream...

Harford Bridge Park, near Tavistock Harford Bridge Park

Award winning campsite with camping, holiday lodges, caravans and a Shepherd's Hut. Dog friendly, perfect for children with play area, games room, fishing and a wonderful riverside park surrounded by trees and Moorland country. Adjacent to cycle route 27. Nearby riding and golf. Special offers in place such as "Scrooge Breaks, 65+ all year deals and Family Summer Holiday Mid week breaks" So all good ! 

Camping & Caravan Sites

The award winning, 4 Star Devon holiday park set in Dartmoor National Park with delightful views of the moor. The River Tavy forms a boundary offering riverside and other level spacious pitches for camping and touring.

Camping and Touring opened on 15th March 2015.  The self-catering accommodation is available all year.

If you're thinking of a Devon camping holiday then you couldn't choose a more beautiful area than Harford Bridge Holiday Park and campsite, an independently run park set in Dartmoor National Park. 

The pitch prices have been structured to provide best...

The Elephants Nest The Elephants Nest

The Elephant's Nest Inn is a quintessentially English - and Devonshire - country pub.  The 3 generously sized en-suite B&B rooms are located in a newly built extension.  Beautifully furnished with solid oak floors and under floor heating, all rooms have large Vi-Spring beds, soft goosedown duvets and pillows and luxurious soft furnishings. Being located in as remote a place as it is, great emphasis is placed on good food, although the pretentious 'gastro pub' description will not be heard here! The garden at the Nest is a 'must see'. 

Pubs with rooms

The newly built extension respects the original 16th century pub in both proportion and use of materials with the exterior clad in local stone. However inside they have some of the most up-to-date facilities in three generously sized rooms each with it’s own en- suite bath or shower room. Beautifully finished with solid oak floors and under floor heating. Dogs are more than welcome in the rooms for an additional supplement*

The breakfast menu, which is included in your tariff  is truly exceptional and includes the following options:

  • Smoked haddock with poached egg
  • ...
Wilson Cottage Dartmoor dog friendly self catering Wilson Cottage

As it says on the tin - Truly an escape from reality.  Wilson Cottage is ideal for that romantic retreat. This dog-friendly accommodation offers one double bedroom with king size bed, open plan lounge with fully equipped kitchen and separate shower room. Outside there’s a private garden with uninterrupted views of Dartmoor.  The cosy, dog-friendly, centrally heated, triple glazed cottage also offers free wifi.

Holiday Cottages & Self Catering

Wilson Cottage is ready to welcome you. The dog-friendly accommodation offers one double bedroom with king size bed, open plan lounge with fully equipped kitchen and separate shower room. Outside there’s a private garden with uninterrupted views of Dartmoor. The cosy, dog-friendly, centrally heated, triple glazed cottage also offers free wifi.

Egyptian cotton linen, towels and tea towels are provided. Please bring beach towels if you want to take advantage of the stunning nearby beaches.

Wilson Cottage comes complete with flatscreen TV with freeview, DVD player, DVD library,...

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